Ickes named faculty recipient of Kopp International Achievement Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Barry Ickes, professor of economics in the College of the Liberal Arts, is the faculty recipient of the 2012 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.

Established in 1995, the award recognizes faculty and staff members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University. It is named for the late deputy vice president for international programs.

Ickes is recognized for his research on the economy of the former Soviet Union and, after the fall of communism in eastern Europe, the transition from a planned economy to a market-based system. With Clifford Gaddy, in 2002 he authored “Russia’s Virtual Economy,” a book analyzing the country’s economic problems.

In 1992, Ickes helped found The New Economic School in Moscow, the first Russian graduate school to teach Western economics. NES has produced more than 900 graduates with master’s degrees in economics or finances, and almost 20 students from the school have gone on to earn doctorates from Penn State’s Economics Department.

Ickes also has developed close ties with the Institute for Financial Studies in Moscow and its associate organization, the Human Capital Foundation. Funds from these institutions supported the University’s establishment of two research centers within the Economics Department: the Center for the Study of Auctions, Procurement and Competition Policy and the Center for Research on International Financial and Energy Security; he is director of the latter.

Ickes holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a nonresident senior fellow of The Brookings Institution.

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Last Updated April 12, 2012